Labour candidate supports ASDA staff in contracts row

Ashley Dalton, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Rochford and Southend East has urged Asda management to withdraw unfair new contracts.

Asda staff are set to be forced to sign new contracts by the end of this week or face losing their jobs.

GMB officials warned recently that 12,000 employees could lose their jobs nationwide if they refuse a change to their contracts.

The new contracts offer a pay rise to £9 per hour, but remove paid lunch breaks, cut premium pay for bank holidays and reduce the number of night shift hours where workers can receive higher rates of pay.

The contracts, which also say staff must accept shifts that vary between 8am and 10pm and department changes at the supermarket’s discretion, must be signed by Asda’s hourly paid staff by November 2.

Ashley Dalton said: “I’m supporting my local Asda workers and their union the GMB in their fight to retain their terms and conditions. I’ve spoken to many loyal Asda workers who are concerned about their future job security and rights at work.

“Many Asda workers face an impossible dilemma. They will have to decide to accept the terms of a new contract being forced on them or face the sack. A contract that withdraws paid for breaks and forces them to work on bank holidays.

“I’m urging Asda management to think again and treat their loyal workforce with the dignity and respect they deserve by withdrawing this new contract.

“We must do all we can to protect the hard won rights at work we benefit from.”

Mick Ferris

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